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Beauty by Robin McKinley

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“I said: “He cannot be so bad if he loves roses so much.””But he is a Beast,” said Father helplessly.

“But he is a Beast,” said Father helplessly.

I saw that he was weakening, and wishing only to comfort him I said, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

― Robin McKinley, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

When I was about eleven, I was looking through the ceiling tall bookshelf that sat in our basement. The books in it were books that my mom had bought for a few dollars and never read but didn’t have the heart to get rid of. Most of them were covered with a thin layer of dust so that when I pulled them from their tightly tucked positions my nose would tickle and threaten to sneeze. But all of that is beside the point…

One day I decided to ignore the bottom two shelves of thick encyclopaedias and read the book with the cover that had a girl in a yellow dress on it and was titled Beauty by Robin McKinley.

To say the least, I was hooked from the very beginning. I soaked up every word which I still sometimes find surprising since not everyone finds it an easy book to read, and I was only eleven.

Robin McKinley’s style of writing is quite different from most other books I’ve read. The paragraphs are long and detailed and with allot of books, I just skip those descriptions over. Why? Because they’re boring. I want to get to the exciting parts, where there is action. But McKinley’s descriptions are artistic, they are beautiful, and they are compelling. I mean, look at this:  “It was of grey stone, huge block set on block; but it caught the sunlight like a dolphin’s back at dawn.”

― Robin McKinley, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

That’s not just writing, that is art. That is painting a masterpiece with words.

The plot is also really well worked out. Maybe it’s a little slow at first; she doesn’t meet the beast till halfway through the novel. But maybe McKinley’s point was following the story of Beauty, not Beauty and the Beast. After all, the book is called Beauty.

Moving on, I simply love Beauty’s character. She is so honest and brave and she doesn’t pretend to be someone she isn’t.

The ending, is point blank, a happy ending. Every time it leaves me with a smile on my face and a feeling of satisfaction. Beauty grows out of her awkwardness and really is beautiful, not only on the outside but also on the inside.

I could probably go on and on about this book, but I’ll save you the pain and cut it short. I will say, though, that I’ve read this book over and over again till the cover has fallen off and I’ll probably keep reading it till it crumbles at my touch.